Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney claimed Thursday that then-President Donald Trump said during last year’s Capitol revolt that Vice President Mike Pence “merits” to be hanged as Trump allies recited “hang Mike Pence.”
Cheney, the bad habit seat of the House select board researching the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt, spread out the case during her initial assertion at the board’s first early evening hearing — which was featured by a 10-minute video following the course of the viciousness as it unfurled, sound-tracked by progressively rushed radio correspondences from Washington DC and US Capitol Police.
“You will hear that President Trump was shouting and ‘truly irate’ at counselors who let him know he should have been accomplishing something else,”
“and — mindful of the agitators’ serenades to hang Mike Pence — the president answered with this feeling statement: ‘Perhaps our allies have the right thought.’ Mike Pence quote ‘merits it.'”
Cheney likewise guaranteed that
“over numerous months, Donald Trump regulated and composed a modern seven-section intend to upset the  official political decision and forestall the exchange of official power. In our hearings, you will see proof of every component of this arrangement.”
“On the morning of January 6, President Donald Trump’s goal was to stay the leader of the United States, notwithstanding the legitimate result of the 2020 political decision. Also, disregarding his protected commitment to surrender power,”
Cheney went on.
Cheney, one of two Republicans on the panel, clashed repeatedly with Trump during his four years in office, particularly on foreign policy. She voted last year to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the riot and Trump has endorsed her congressional primary challenger Harriet Hageman.
The congresswoman’s opening statement was more detailed than the one read by chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who spoke broadly about the events of Jan. 6, 2021 and his perspective on them.
“I’m from a part of the country where people justify the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and lynching. I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today try and justify the actions of the insurrection on January 6, 2021,”
The first of many video clips played during the hearing was of Trump Attorney General Bill Barr’s deposition, in which he recalled telling the 45th president that his claims of election fraud were
Cheney, meanwhile, introduced excerpts from committee interviews with former Trump aide Jason Miller, who described discussions with Trump about his election loss, and with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner — who admitted he brushed off former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s alleged threat to quit over Trump’s post-election maneuvers as
Cheney further alleged that a Dec. 19, 2020, tweet by Trump that read,
“Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!”
set in motion the riot. On that day, Trump addressed thousands of supporters near the White House before urging them to march on the Capitol to pressure Pence and Republican lawmakers to reject swing-state electors for Joe Biden.
“This tweet initiated a chain of events. The tweet led to the planning for what occurred on January 6, including by the Proud Boys, who ultimately led the invasion of the Capitol and the violence on that day,”
An analysis of video by the Wall Street Journal found that Proud Boys members were involved in early clashes with police that helped collapse a security perimeter around the Capitol while Trump was still speaking near the White House.
Cheney promised that during public committee hearings
“you will hear about members of the Trump Cabinet discussing the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment and replacing the president of the United States”
and accused the 45th president of doing nothing to help relieve besieged members of Congress on that day.
“Not only did President Trump refuse to tell the mob to leave the Capitol, he placed no call to any element of the United States government to instruct that the Capitol be defended,”
“He did not call his secretary of defense on Jan. 6. He did not talk to his attorney general. He did not talk to the Department of Homeland Security. President Trump gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day and he made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets. But Vice President Pence did each of those things.”
The footage included congressional staffers fleeing House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office as the mob approached, a rioter reading out a Trump tweet disparaging Pence over a bullhorn as chaos raged, and a police officer telling a colleague near the West Front of the Capitol:
“We can’t hold this. This is too many f—ing people. Look at this.”